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VW's Self-Driving Car Concept Looks Absolutely Bonkers

'Sedric' is a glimpse into the future, apparently.

07/03/2017 11:14

No one can agree on what VW’s self-driving car concept looks like. Mashable called it “Bulbasaur on wheels”, while the Verge said it resembles “a pissed off toaster”. Either way, the consensus is: it’s pretty damn weird.

Sedric, short for self-driving car, is a fully autonomous pod that lacks a steering wheel and pedals. Instead, it’s summoned by a remote, providing “mobility for everyone, at any time and at any location”, the press release reads.

So, Sedric has been conceived to be either a ride-hailing service for the public, or a privately-owned vehicle.

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

The concept boasts a number of weird and wonderful features, including an augmented reality OLED display in place of a windscreen, and a personal assistant – think Siri for the road.

While there’s no guarantee Sedric will ever be built, Volkswagen Group, which owns Audi, Porsche, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Bentley, among others, says it offers a glimpse into the company’s future:

“It is the “Father” of numerous concepts for a new form of individual mobility. Soon Sedric will also get “children” and “grandchildren” with the Group’s various brands.”

Well, we’re certainly intrigued.

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